NCAA softball: Three Pac-12 teams head to super regionals
The Pac-12 is sending three teams to the NCAA softball super regionals after regional play wrapped up Sunday across the country. Oregon, Washington and Arizona State are heading to softball's sweet 16, while Cal, Stanford and UCLA have been eliminated from championship contention.
— UW Husky Softball (@UWSoftball) May 19, 2013
The 11th-seeded Huskies will now face sixth-seeded Missouri in Columbia in the super regionals.
Dallas Escobedo is nasty good. Gonna be tough for teams to beat this ASU squad this season. — Shawn Dangerfield (@Oshiomogho) May 19, 2013
Dallas Escobedo is perfection. — Maddie (@MaddieKowalski) May 19, 2013
I love watching Dallas Escobedo pitch — Jordan Bratcher (@JordanBratcher) May 19, 2013
It wasn't ALL Escobedo though. The Forks tacked on their two runs in the top of the first (designated road team for this one) thanks to an RBI bloop-double by Amber Freeman and a real-deal Holyfield double off the bat of Haley Steele to bring in Freeman. That would be all the offense Arizona State needed, and the Sun Devils beat Georgia by a 2-0 count for the second day in a row. Next up for Arizona State is a best-of-3 series with 12th-seeded Kentucky in another SEC/Pac-12 tussle to determine a spot in the Women's College World Series.
This set the table for an epic of a do-or-die game for the Blazers and Bruins. UCLA had two runners thrown out at home. UAB could not walk off in the bottom of the seventh with a runner on third and one out. The end of regulation innings was just the beginning of the drama, because there was another six innings of softball to come. At the end of the day, it was a heartbreaking loss for UCLA, falling to Baylor 3-2 on a game-winning triple off the bat of the Blazers' Whitney Fletcher. This one will sting for a while in Westwood. UCLA outhit UAB 16-4 but left 18 runners on base, including stranding all ducks on the pond in a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the top of the 13th:
@uclasoftball concludes its season with a 40-20 record. Thank you to all the followers we have gained this season. See you in 2014!
— UCLA Softball (@UCLASoftball) May 20, 2013
Super regional action runs Thursday-Sunday, and the Pac-12 Post will keep the recaps rollin'.
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